Geschichte der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

2021

Ein Team um Dr. Christian Schulze Gronover (Fraunhofer-Institut für Molekularbiologie und Angewandte Oekologie IME), Dr. Carla Recker (Continental) und Prof. Dr. Dirk Prüfer (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) waren mit dem gemeinsamen Projekt »Nachhaltige Reifen durch Löwenzahn – Innovationen aus Biologie, Technik und Landwirtschaft« für den Deutschen Zukunftspreis 2021 nominiert.
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Ein Team um Dr. Christian Schulze Gronover (Fraunhofer-Institut für Molekularbiologie und Angewandte Oekologie IME), Dr. Carla Recker (Continental) und Prof. Dr. Dirk Prüfer (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) waren mit dem gemeinsamen Projekt »Nachhaltige Reifen durch Löwenzahn – Innovationen aus Biologie, Technik und Landwirtschaft« für den Deutschen Zukunftspreis 2021 nominiert.

Team of Continental, Fraunhofer IME and the University of Münster Nominated for Federal President's Award

Press release / September 15, 2021

Dr. Carla Recker (Continental), Prof. Dr. Dirk Prüfer (University of Münster) and Dr. Christian Schulze Gronover (Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME) have been nominated for the Federal President's Award for Technology and Innovation 2021 (“Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2021”) with their joint project “Sustainable tires from dandelions – Innovations from biology, technology and agriculture”.

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The IBM Quantum System One in Ehningen is the most powerful system in Europe. Industrial companies and research organizations can now develop and test applied quantum software and expand their expertise under German law.

Curtain up: Fraunhofer and IBM to unveil quantum computer

Press release/ June 15, 2021

In the digital presence of Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek and Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann, on June 15 leading figures from Fraunhofer and IBM will officially unveil Germany’s first IBM Quantum System One to the public. With 27 qubits, this is currently the most powerful system anywhere in Europe.

Hydrogen Lab Leuna nimmt Betrieb auf

Presseinformation / 21. Mai 2021
Grüner Wasserstoff ist ein Schlüsselelement für eine nachhaltige Rohstoffversorgung der Industrie und das Erreichen der Klimaziele. Mit dem Hydrogen Lab Leuna hat heute die erste Pilotanlage für Test und Skalierung der dazu notwendigen Elektrolysesysteme ihren Betrieb aufgenommen, die vollständig in einen Chemiepark integriert ist. Das unterstützt den benötigten Markthochlauf von H2-Technologien, den die Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft durch Bündelung ihrer Wasserstoffaktivitäten im Norden und Osten Deutschlands weiter beschleunigen möchte: Die Hydrogen Labs in Leuna, Görlitz und Bremerhaven sowie ein Anwendungszentrum in Hamburg werden miteinander verknüpft. Somit entsteht ein weltweit einmaliges Angebot von Pilotanlagen entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette der Wasserstoffwirtschaft.

Fraunhofer Research Awards Ceremony 2021

The Fraunhofer Annual Meeting 2021 took place as a digital event under the motto “Technological Sovereignty”. On the evening of May 5th, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft honors outstanding projects by its researchers.
The Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for outstanding scientific achievements in solving application-related problems and the Fraunhofer Prize for “Human- and Environment-Centered Technology” were awarded.

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prizes  

Internet of Things: Efficient and robust networking

The networking of objects in the Internet of Things — or IoT for short — is becoming increasingly important, and demand for connected IoT devices is growing rapidly everywhere, from consumers to Industry 4.0. But until now, no suitable and reliable method of communication has been available for transferring many thousands of data packages at the same time. A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen/Nuernberg has now overcome this challenge with the newly developed, ready-for-market mioty® wireless low-power wide-area transmission system — and has been awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for its efforts.

Prof. Michael Schlicht, Josef Bernhard and Dr. Gerd Kilian will be awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize on behalf of the team. Explaining its award decision, the jury highlighted factors including the “consistent introduction of the new technology for connecting sensor networks with a large number of simple, battery-operated sensor nodes.”

Microchips: Smaller, more powerful and unrivaled

The evolution of microchips seemed to have reached its limits, as far as their size is concerned. Nevertheless, it is crucial that these small components become even smaller and more powerful so that many devices — including smartphones — can be developed even further. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT in Itzehoe and IMS Nanofabrication GmbH have now succeeded in pushing the existing boundaries when it comes to MEMS processing of a microsystem switching element which is at the core of an electron beam mask writer — a crucial piece of equipment in the production of the latest generation of microchips.

The only solution in the world that has shifted the existing limits stems from an innovative piece of technology: the electron multi-beam mask writer, developed by Vienna-based IMS Nanofabrication GmbH. The key element in this device comes from the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT. “Previously, it was only possible to achieve process sizes of just under ten nanometers on the chips — an atom is 0.1 nanometers — but the new manufacturing method makes process sizes of seven nanometers and less a possibility,” says Martin Witt from Fraunhofer ISIT. This is unrivaled around the world, meaning the electron multi-beam mask writer is currently the only technology that enables further miniaturization of the chips. The fact that “this technology enabled IMS Nanofabrication GmbH to achieve its market-leading position” was also praised by the jury for the 2021 Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize, who gave the award to Michael Kampmann and Martin Witt from Fraunhofer ISIT and Dr. Jacqueline Atanelov from IMS GmbH.

Redox flow batteries: A step toward the mass market

Redox flow batteries are perfect for storing large quantities of regenerative energy, but they have always been too expensive for the mass market. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have now completely redesigned the heart of a redox flow battery — the stack — and have brought about a massive reduction in material usage and costs.
Christian Doetsch and Lukas Kopietz from Fraunhofer UMSICHT and Dr. Thorsten Seipp from Volterion GmbH have been awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for this development. Explaining the reasons for its decision, the jury mentioned “the spin-off and its successful exit from Fraunhofer, which serves as a prototype for marketing new manufacturing technologies.”

Fraunhofer Prize for “Human- and Environment-Centered Technology” 2021

Vaccine production: Inactivating pathogens using low-energy electrons

Vaccines are currently a great source of hope for many people, as it is believed they will help to protect society against COVID-19 and pave the way back to a normal life. The current focus is clearly on coronavirus — but vaccines are also fundamental to combating other pathogens. A team of researchers from three Fraunhofer Institutes has now developed a method of producing vaccines that is faster, more efficient and more environmentally friendly than the conventional production process.

The methods available to produce vaccines have been known for decades. But a new production process for inactivated vaccines is set to make vaccine production faster, more environmentally friendly and more efficient than ever before while also reducing costs. Dr. Sebastian Ulbert and Dr. Jasmin Fertey from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI in Leipzig, Frank-Holm Rögner from the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden, and Martin Thoma from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart have been awarded the 2021 Fraunhofer Prize for “Human- and Environment-Centered Technology” on behalf of their teams. The jury emphasized “the simple and efficient method for largely retaining the structures that are important to the efficacy of the vaccine and the complete avoidance of chemical additives that would otherwise be necessary.”

Für das neue, marktreif entwickelte Funkübertragungssystem mioty® werden Prof. Michael Schlicht, Josef Bernhard und Dr. Gerd Kilian (v.l.n.r.) stellvertretend für das Team mit dem Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Preis 2021 ausgezeichnet.
Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for the newly developed, ready-for-market mioty® wireless transmission system: Prof. Michael Schlicht, Josef Bernhard and Dr. Gerd Kilian (from left to right).
Für ihre die Entwicklung einer im weltweiten Vergleich unerreichten Technologie zur weiteren Miniaturisierung von Mikrochips erhalten sie den Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Preis 2021: Michael Kampmann, Martin Witt und Dr. Jacqueline Atanelov (v.l.n.r.).
Awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for developing a technology for further miniaturization of microchips that is unrivaled around the world: Michael Kampmann, Martin Witt and Dr. Jacqueline Atanelov (from left to right).
Mit ihrer Erfindung haben sie Redox-Flow-Batterien einen wichtigen Schritt in Richtung Massenmarkt vorangebracht und erhielten dafür den Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Preis 2021: Prof. Christian Doetsch, Lukas Kopietz und Dr. Thorsten Seipp (v.l.n.r.).
80 percent lighter, only half the size and much more cost-effective. Thanks to their invention, redox flow batteries have moved an important step closer to the mass market: Prof. Christian Doetsch, Lukas Kopietz and Dr. Thorsten Seipp (from left to right).
Für ein effizienteres, schnelleres und umweltfreundlicheres Herstellungsverfahren von Vakzinen erhalten sie den Fraunhofer-Preis »Technik für den Menschen und seine Umwelt« 2021: Dr. Sebastian Ulbert, Dr. Jasmin Fertey, Frank-Holm Rögner und Martin Thoma (v.l.n.r.).
Awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for developing a vaccine production process that is fast-er, more efficient and more environmentally friendly: Dr. Sebastian Ulbert, Dr. Jasmin Fertey, Frank-Holm Rögner and Martin Thoma (from left to right).
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Presentation of the Annual Report 2020: Sustained success in difficult times

Press release / May 5, 2021

In 2020, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was able to maintain and consolidate its position as the leading organization for applied research. The total business volume remained stable at 2.8 billion euros. Of this sum, 2.4 billion euros were generated through contract research. The scientists filed over 600 patent applications and more than 20 companies were established as Fraunhofer spin-offs. Around 29,000 employees at 75 Fraunhofer Institutes and research units, whose dedication, expertise and outstanding research create benefits for society and strengthen the German and European economies, are the key to this success.

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New Fraunhofer Institute for Translational Medicine and Pharmacology ITMP

Research News / January 7, 2021

In 2012, a Fraunhofer project group for Translational Medicine and Pharmacology TMP was established at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in association with the LOEWE program (Hessian Initiative for the Development of Scientific-Economic Excellence). The aim of this group was to expand the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s portfolio in the field of drug research and development. Over the last number of years, the former Fraunhofer project group TMP has achieved international recognition in the area of immune disorders due to its extensive expertise in areas such as drug identification, pharmaceutical technology, highly differentiated and indication-specific pharmacological models, and clinical research. As a result of these advances, the TMP branch of Fraunhofer IME is set to become an independent institute with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and locations in Hamburg and Göttingen as of January 1, 2021.

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